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This item is a primer on the topic of temperature, written by middle school teachers participating in Project Skymath.  It was developed to provide K-8 teachers with a deeper understanding of heat, transfer of heat energy, and the basics of thermodynamics.  It begins with a brief history of thermometers and temperature scales and builds to discussions of Maxwellian Distribution and the Boltzmann constant.
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Thermo & Stat Mech
- Kinetics and Dynamics
= Kinetic Theory
- Thermal Properties of Matter
= Low Temperatures
= Temperature
= Thermal Expansion
- High School
- Lower Undergraduate
- Middle School
- Instructional Material
= Tutorial
= Unit of Instruction
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- Physical Science
- Physics First
- Conceptual Physics
- Algebra-based Physics
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- Laboratory
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Temperature, Thermal Radiation, Thermometers, Thermoscope, heat, kinetic theory, thermodynamics
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This resource is part of 2 Physics Front Topical Units.

Topic: Heat and Temperature
Unit Title: The Relationship Between Heat and Temperature

Confused about the difference between heat and temperature?  You're not alone.  This is a well-organized primer written by teachers to help fellow teachers understand the basics of temperature and thermodynamics.

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Topic: Heat and Temperature
Unit Title: Teaching about Heat and Thermal Energy

This item, written by a team of teachers, offers content support in heat and thermodynamics, kinetic theory, and a straightforward explanation of thermal radiation.  The historical perspectives make this a well-rounded resource.

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B. Lynds, (1995), WWW Document, (http://eo.ucar.edu/skymath/tmp2.html).
B. Lynds, About Temperature, (1995), <http://eo.ucar.edu/skymath/tmp2.html>.
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Lynds, B. (1995). About Temperature. Retrieved March 27, 2017, from http://eo.ucar.edu/skymath/tmp2.html
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Lynds, Beverly. About Temperature. 1995. http://eo.ucar.edu/skymath/tmp2.html (accessed 27 March 2017).
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Lynds, Beverly. About Temperature. 1995. National Science Foundation. 27 Mar. 2017 <http://eo.ucar.edu/skymath/tmp2.html>.
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